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African-Americans can stop their own self-profiling

In light of the verdict handed down by the black-free jury in the George Zimmerman case, Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. has wisely advised us African-Americans to awaken from our slumber. I agree.

Perhaps the first question we can ask ourselves is whether we contribute to our own racial profiling.

After all, images of violent young black criminals can be found all throughout hard-core hip-hop, movies with black stars, producers and directors, in black literature, in the hateful comments we make against our own people, etc.

If we are constantly assassinating our own image, we cannot very well establish the moral authority it takes to fight against racial profiling. We have to stop being our own worst enemies and truly wake up. If not now, when?

Norm Allen

Buffalo